How to Protect Foxglove, Common

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Common foxglove or Digitalis purpurea is a flowering biennial plant that belongs to the Plantaginaceae family. It is native to most of Europe and can reach heights of four to six feet. The plant has several stalks with bell-shaped blooms in colors such as purple, pink, yellow and white. It does well in partial shade and should be protected during the cold winter months. The plant should also be protected from insects that can cause damage.

Step 1

Plant common foxglove in the late spring or early summer to give it time to become strong enough to survive winter. This will ensure that it will bloom again the following year.

Step 2

Loosen the soil with garden tools such as a hoe. Place seeds about one-fourth of an inch deep into the planting bed and cover with soil.

Step 3

Keep the soil relatively moist. Touch it daily to check the moisture content. Add water if it feels like it's drying out, which should be about every two to three days.

Step 4

Protect foxgloves from freezing temperatures by adding a layer of mulch or straw on top of the bed. This will protect the roots enough so they can bloom again next year.

Step 5

Keep slugs and snails away. Watch for ragged holes in the flowers and leaves. If you see them, place shallow saucers of beer out to attract and drown them. You may also choose to pick them off by hand at twilight.

Things You'll Need

  • Hoe
  • Seeds
  • Soil
  • Water
  • Mulch or straw
  • Saucers
  • Beer


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Based in New York State, Kelly Shetsky started writing in 1999. She is a broadcast journalist-turned Director of Marketing and Public Relations and has experience researching, writing, producing and reporting. She writes for several websites, specializing in gardening, medical, health and fitness, entertainment and travel. Shetsky has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Marist College.

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